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TURKISH PM DOES NOT SUPPORT ARREST OF JOURNALSTS

TURKISH PM DOES NOT SUPPORT ARREST OF JOURNALSTS

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said it was a crime to reveal state secrets, while commenting on the arrest of two prominent Turkish journalists last week, however highlighting he was against their arrest during the judicial process.“It is not

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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said it was a crime to reveal state secrets, while commenting on the arrest of two prominent Turkish journalists last week, however highlighting he was against their arrest during the judicial process.

“It is not right to accuse the government in each step of the judiciary” he said, while speaking to journalists en route to Brussels for a key summit with EU leaders.

He was commenting on the Nov. 24 arrest of daily Cumhuriyet Editor-in-Chief Can Dündar and Ankara Bureau Chief Erdem Gül on charges of “espionage” and “supporting an armed terrorist organization” based on reports in Cumhuriyet regarding Syrian-bound Turkish National Intelligence Agency (MİT) trucks in 2014.

“But as I said [on Nov. 28], the basic point is a trial without an arrest. There are other implementations such as probation” the prime minister said.

“I believe that it is right to pick a release pending trial apart from obligatory cases,” he said. Revealing state secrets “is a crime everywhere in the world” he added.

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